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Alice’s 3rd Disney World Trip

We cannot get enough of Disney World!  We had a great opportunity to visit in May with Jason’s parents.  It was super fun getting to “camp out” at Fort Wilderness.  Check out Alice’s book here.


August 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm Leave a comment

Alice’s Disney Birthday

For Alice’s 3rd birthday, I surprised her with a trip to Disney World!  I told her we were going to go on a trip to hang out with our friend Laura.  I just didn’t tell her exactly where we were going.  She was pretty excited once we finally told her, and we had a terrific trip.  Check out the book here.

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July 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm 2 comments

Alice Goes to Florida

Florida is fantastic, especially when we got to take Alice to Disney World for the first time!  Check out the book here.

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December 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm 1 comment

Alice Goes to Hawaii

We loooooooved Hawaii! What a great treat. Read Alice’s book here.

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December 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

JetBlue #AYCJ: The rest of day 23 – heading home

Thursday, October 8, was the last day of the All You Can Jet passes, so I headed on home.  My friend M drove me to the Portland airport, and I flew to JFK from there.  I had a few hours’ layover, so I settled in at one of the Revive areas, long tables with stools that have plugs for charging and touch screens for ordering food delivered to your seat.  I watched some tv using JetBlue’s free WiFi and edited my pictures.  A guy sitting nearby got some really yummy smelling food, so I headed over to New York Sports Grill.  I got a Hoegaarden ($10!  Oh my gosh!!) and fried mac and cheese bites ($7 and delish!).  Then it was time to catch my very last flight.


My husband picked me up at the airport, and, yes, I recognized him.  The kitties greeted me with lots of purrs when I walked in.  Yay!  The next couple days were spent catching up – errands, cleaning, laundry, tv watching, and job searching.  On Saturday night, some of my local friends came over for a welcome home dinner.  Although I had an incredible time visiting my friends around the country, I really missed them!  They’re good buddies.  My husband got a little crazy with the camera remote, so we got some silly pictures.

Remember how a lot of the friends I visited are online friends who I hadn’t met before?  Turns out my JetBlue tour wasn’t quite the end of it!  I got to meet a couple more of my online friends today for lunch at Uno’s.  One of them is from Canada!

The budget:
10/8: $21 beer and snack.
Totals: $470.12 for the whole trip. 23 days for less than $500 isn’t too bad, eh?

Thank you again to all my friends who made this possible – for picking me up and taking me to the airport/train station, letting me sleep at your place, cooking for me, treating me to lunch/beer/whatev, introducing me to some of the most important people (including animals!) in your lives, and letting me be a part of your home lives for a little while. You’re all so beautiful and generally awesome, and you made what could’ve been just an okay experience into 23 of the best days of my life. I love you, and you are all welcome to visit me anytime!

October 11, 2009 at 7:20 pm 1 comment

JetBlue #AYCJ: Days 21-23.3 – Portland/Freeport/Bangor, Maine

My red-eye from Salt Lake to JFK was MISERABLE!  There were two babies kicking me the whole time – one sprawling on her mom’s lap (and onto mine) in the seat next to me and one behind me.  ACK!!!  I know the moms were doing the best they could; it’s just that 1.5 people don’t fit very well into even JetBlue’s relatively spacious seats.  I tried to catch a nap in my secret spot in T5, but a shrieking mom parked nearby.  Ack again!  No, the kid wasn’t misbehaving.  The mom just doesn’t know how to speak at a normal volume.  There were a couple empty rows on my flight to Portland, ME, and the kind flight attendant said it was fine for me to hop into one of them.  I ended up sharing it with a nice man who, fortunately, didn’t mind that I curled up on 2 seats for a nap.  He was so cute – he scooted into the middle seat as we were descending so we could both admire the fall colors below.

My friend M and her hubs, P, picked me up at the Portland, ME airport.  We stopped at the Portland Lighthouse at Fort Williams Park and did a driving tour of Portland.  Which pic of the lighthouse do you like best?  (I prefer the first; my husband prefers the second.)

Next up – Freeport.  We saw the 50′ tall Indian, which is affectionately referred to as BFI, which stands for either Big Freeport Indian or Big F***ing Indian.  *snort*  Then we had a nice lunch at Gritty McDuff’s, Freeport’s Original Brewpub.  I got a pizza made with their homemade beer dough – yum.  The beer wasn’t bad either.  Then we headed across the street to Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections for brownies.  I got the Need Him, which had Needham frosting.  Needham frosting is a Maine thing, coconut, potato, vanilla, and plenty of sugar, so I felt I *had* to try it.  It was so yummy!!!  If my husband liked coconut stuff, I’d totally make this frosting for brownies myself.


October 9, 2009 at 8:13 pm 1 comment

JetBlue #AYCJ: Day 20 – Salt Lake City

I arrived in Salt Lake City at about 10:30p Sunday, October 4, day 19.  I was so scared I wasn’t going to make it on that flight.  My flight from Las Vegas to Long Beach was delayed a bit due to the strong headwinds the pilots encountered on the way there from JFK, and I only had a 31 minute layover to begin with.  There were several of us on the Vegas flight heading for the SLC flight, so I think that helped.  The flight attendant was super nice keeping us apprised of what she’d heard from the pilots about the timing.  As we were taxiing in Long Beach, the pilot came over the intercom and asked everyone not on the SLC flight to remain seated until we’d all gotten out of the way since our connection was so tight.  Then almost everyone did!  There was one guy who pushed into me, trying to get ahead of me.  Since he hadn’t hopped right up, I knew he wasn’t on the SLC flight.  So I hip checked him right back into his row.  He tried again after me, and the flight attendant made him sit back down.  Way to go!  Anyway, we made the flight.  I guess they were running about 15 minutes late too, so we rolled right into line.  Both flights were uneventful except that I chatted with a super nice couple returning from a Carnival cruise on the second flight.

My friend G picked me up at the airport and drove me to her place near Park City.  She and her husband dragged out some beer, and we got to chatting.  Whew boy, G and I stayed up until 3am!  Geez!  Good times.

Got up in the morning, had a yummy breakfast (who knew the secret to delicious bacon was to bake it in the oven??), and then we headed for Park City.  So, there’s this pass, Guardsman Pass, and it’s pretty up there and there’s a nice view.  During the winter, it’s for snowmobiles only.  Okay, well, it’s supposed to be for snowmobiles only.  More on that in a minute.  So, the pass was open, and it looked like there was just a little snow on the road.  We started heading up, but then we saw some cars stopped a little way up, so we were thinking maybe we should turn around.  And then we slipped a little.  G started to back down, and we slipped some more!  Ack!  We sat there for a couple minutes, trying to figure out what to do.  Luckily a police officer crept by and said there was a plow coming with salt/sand in just a couple minutes.  G then backed us down without a problem.


October 7, 2009 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

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